She’s Stunning, She’s Cunning, and She’s a DEAD SHOT!
AQUAMAN Vol.1, No.26, April 1966; Cover Art: Nick Cardy; Writer: Bob Haney; Penciler: Nick Cardy; Inker: Nick Cardy
With a timely title that playfully pays homage to the 1963 James Bond film, From Russia with Love (itself named after the 1957 Ian Fleming novel), this issue finds Aquaman and Mera helping the American authorities in investigating the operations of a criminal organization known as O.G.R.E. Adopting the singularly convincing aliases of Mr. and Mrs. “Waterman,” the two heroes battle the Huntress and Typhoon, two O.G.R.E. agents sent by their nefarious superior, the Supreme One. When the antagonists’ attempted assassination of the Atlanteans goes awry, Aquaman and Mera convince their attackers to switch allegiance.
Eventually, the Supreme One is found masquerading as a hotel manager that the “Watermans” had encountered before, where his goal was to operate unnoticed while seizing control of an abandoned factory that manufactured atomic missiles. The Supreme One’s true identity is revealed, and the O.G.R.E. leader is taken into custody thanks to our Atlantean heroes.
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Dr. Arnold T. Blumberg is an educator, publisher, author, comic book and pop culture historian, and former museum curator. He is the author or co-author of Zombiemania, The Big BIG LITTLE BOOK Book, and Howe’s Transcendental Toybox. He was the editor of The Overstreet Comic Book Price Guide and also wrote for Cinescape, The International Journal of Comic Art, Fandom, and IGN.com. He holds a doctorate in Communications Design from the University of Baltimore and teaches courses in everything from comics and superhero mythology to zombies to the Marvel Cinematic Universe. You can find him on Twitter at @DoctoroftheDead